Category: Disability

How people can actually help me as a wheelchair user

The most common question I get when I meet people or in my training is, “how can I help disabled people” – which is a funny one because there’s an expectation that disabled people need help, which isn’t always the case. I wrote about this previously but this time...

Have a little patience | disability and door knocking

Random title I know! But, here’s a snapshot of my life today. I’m expecting some kind of “fire hazard check” for our building. We’ve been told if we don’t allow access we get charged for them to come back again. It always takes me longer to get to the...

Was this a missed TV opportunity?

A little secret about me, I love daytime tv. So much so that after work for years I’ve YouTubed many clips from daytime tv from the current day, watched endless debates, tv segments and interviews – it’s just what I enjoy. I think it’s something to do with the...

The line between celebrating little wins and being patronising

I remember the first achievement I did when I was a child and that was to zip up my yellow raincoat. My dad had taught me to hold the two bits together (which was physically tough in itself) then I had to somehow hold the bottom of both while...

“I’nt it lovely they make cars for people like you”

I wrote this on my instagram today and wanted to share it here too as short thought piece. My reaction to this title is… To image describe, this is a zoomed in image of my face not looking best pleased. Intention vs how it actually feels is probably one...

Guest Blog: Finding My Voice

This post is written by Will Saunders, I met Will about a year ago now and we talked all things inclusion, sustainability and it turns out we had many things in common. So recently Will opened up about his own experiences and I asked if he’d like to share...

5 barriers for disabled people becoming trustees

Did you know only 6% of formal volunteers are disabled? (taken from an article by Neil Crowther) As I write this, it is National Trustees’ Week. I’ve been a trustee a couple of times in my career and I’ve just been appointed as trustee for a charity which I’m...

5 online event ideas you could lead for Disability History Month

As you may or may not know, Disability History Month is just around the corner on 22nd November to 22nd December in the UK. I know that there are a lot of awareness months/weeks out there – I think these are great opportunities for us to learn about the...

Ad | My Wheelchair Q&A

This post is kindly sponsored by Millercare who are mobility specialists with showrooms around the UK. I have a lot of interest from people about my wheelchair and although I get a bit huffy if strangers ask me “how fast does it go then?” as an opening liner –...